He began teaching acting
and one of his former students, Mathew St. Patrick got cast as a star on “Six Feet Under” and went on to win an ensemble Emmy.
It has been said "Those who can, do and those who can’t, teach! Tony
disagrees and can be quoted saying "To be an actor,
you either have to take acting classes the rest of
your life or teach
acting classes the rest of your life or both to stay sharp!" He chose to
teach but continues to take classes at various colleges and ongoing seminars.
Tony DeGuide grew up in large,
Italian & Polish American family in suburbs of Chicago,
Illinois. His father was police officer and mother was a
homemaker. All his life he was an athlete and an artist who tried out
for every sport and also loved singing, acting and being the “class clown".
One time, when Tony was in third grade, he put red food coloring all over his
face and his white t-shirt that he ripped in various spots, then ran into the
house with his hands up in the air pretending he was crying, yelling
"Mom"! His mother who was in the kitchen started running towards
him, screaming "Oh my God! What happened”? Tony realizing his acting was
too believable got scared and yelled "I'm just kidding Mom!” Needless to
say, Tony got grounded for a few weeks; so much for one of his early performances!
graduation from high school he was discovered by an agent at the health
club he was working at. He started as a fitness model, then auditioned for a national commercial
for Bally's Total fitness and was booked. The rest is history as they
say in Hollywood! Per his agent’s advice he started taking acting classes.
He auditioned for Second City Training Center in Chicago and was
accepted into the training program where one of his classmates was Rachel
Dratch (who later became a cast member of SNL). Tony began taking classes at
the groundbreaking Improv Olympic under the helm of the legendary Del Close
and Charna Halpern.
Tony packed his bags
and went to LA where he studied with Dov Sims from the Hollywood Film
Institute. Tony started doing stand-up comedy, various commercials,
television spots, and movies including a scene in "Groundhog Day" with Bill
Murray. He worked alongside many stars including Robert DeNiro, Jim Belushi, Maureen O'Hara, Jessica
Lange and under the
lens of such
directors as Brian Depalma, John Hughes, Martin Breast, Harold Ramis and
Walter Hill. Those directors and other self made filmmakers such as Quentin
Tarrantino, Spike Lee, Robert Rodriguez,
Kevin Costner, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Sylvester Stallone are his inspiration as a complete filmmaker. One of his acting
teachers once told him "Tony, you can’t
do it all” to which Tony replied "Why not?
Life is too short
not to try!"